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Safari Jacket and Khaki Vests

A safari jacket is an essential item because of the purpose it serves to keep you warm on those cold nights and protect your arms from the relentless mosquitoes. Many people imagine all of Africa to be hot all of the time.

However, the weather and the temperature can vary dramatically while you are on your safari, from sweltering heat to bitterly cold evenings, and depending on what time of year you go, you may find that you encounter the rainy season! So it is important that you are prepared with the correct and appropriate clothing for all eventualities.

If you have read our article about the safari  vest and the various uses it has, you will see that there are a number of similarities. In fact, many safari jackets on the market today have sleeves that can be zipped off, thus giving them two uses, as both a safari jacket for the evening and cooler days and a safari vest for the warmer times. These are available from and other retailers.

As with the safari vest, the jackets include numerous pockets for useful and personal items, and the fabric should be breathable, light and cool for ventilation. Features of the jacket will include a zip front with snap closure, mesh lining, pockets and an adjustable waist belt or side tabs. Like the vest, the safari jacket should accommodate everything you would need to take out with you, so look out for those carefully designed pockets and functions that will be beneficial to you when out in the bush. Of course, being your outer garment, one of your jacket’s main functions will be durability to withstand the bush, the weather, the activities you do and any other strains you may put it under.

Any items that you pack to take on your safari should be easy to wash by machine or hand, as anything that requires dry cleaning is a no no in the bush. Most safari jackets are available in khaki and brown colours, far more suitable than bright colours. Certain colours can encourage animals to charge or be aggressive. At the very least, they will make you stand out to the wildlife. Pale colours will become dirty very quickly, so the best options are khaki and muddy shades, which blend into your surroundings well and camouflage the daily dust and dirt you will collect.

Since around the 1950’s, through movie and TV depictions of the big game hunter, the safari jacket has become popular not only with those who enjoy safari and outdoor pursuits, but has also made its way on to the catwalk and into high street fashion. By toning down the functionality, they have now been made into fashionable items of clothing.